In a surprising turn of events during the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023 match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama has taken over the wicketkeeping duties for Sri Lanka in place of Kusal Mendis. This unexpected change was prompted by an unfortunate injury to Mendis, who was taken to the hospital after suffering cramps.

Kusal Mendis hospitalized after stunning century

Mendis was the star of the show for Sri Lanka as he played an exceptional innings, scoring a breathtaking 122 runs from just 77 balls. His innings was filled with aggressive strokes and elegant shots, leaving the opposition in awe. Mendis’ century was a crucial factor in Sri Lanka posting a formidable total in the match.

However, as the Sri Lankan team returned from the field following their innings, Mendis experienced severe cramps, causing concern among his teammates and the medical staff. Given the discomfort he was in, it was decided to take him to the hospital for immediate medical attention.

Samarawickrama steps in

With Mendis sidelined due to his medical condition, Dushan Hemantha was called in as the substitute fielder for Mendis. Meanwhile, Sadeera Samarawickrama, who had also impressed with the bat earlier in the innings by scoring a century, stepped up to take over the wicketkeeping duties in Mendis’ absence.

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Samarawickrama had showcased his batting prowess in the match, smashing 108 runs off 89 balls. His aggressive and composed innings was instrumental in setting a challenging target for Pakistan. Now, he faces the added responsibility of maintaining wickets behind the stumps.

“Kusal Mendis was taken to the hospital after the player suffered cramps upon returning from the field after his brilliant knock of 122 runs from 77 balls in the ongoing game vs. Pakistan. Dushan Hemantha is on the field for Mendis, while Sadeera Samarawickrama has taken over the wicketkeeping duties in the absence of Mendis,” wrote Sri Lanka Cricket on X (formerly Twitter).

A tale of two centuries

The match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka has been a thrilling contest, marked by remarkable performances from both sides. The contrasting centuries by Mendis and Samarawickrama showcased the depth and talent in the Sri Lankan cricket team.

As the game unfolds, fans eagerly await the outcome and hope for a speedy recovery for Mendis, who left an indelible mark on the match with his sensational century.

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